|Tourists will no longer be able to have a barbeque feast on the Vũng Tàu beach starting from April 26, 2016. Photo thanhnien.vn|Viet Nam News
VŨNG TÀU (VNS) – Tourists will no longer be able to have a barbeque feast on the Vũng Tàu beach as the coastal city is seeking a better environment for tourists.
The ban on all food businesses on the beach – mostly seafood BBQ provided by local tourism cooperatives – officially comes into effect on Tuesday.
“No cleaning up after meals left the beach very dirty and polluted,” Vũng Tàu People’s Committee Deputy Chairwoman Trương Thị Hường said yesterday.
The pleasure of eating freshly-cooked seafood with a beer on the 1,200m beach had become the norm for tourists visiting this southern city.
Reports by the Vũng Tàu People’s Committee reveal there were some 100 businesses, under the management of the two largest tourism cooperatives Vũng Tàu and Thùy Vân, which rented beach chairs and provided cooking services to the beachgoers.
“Tourists can now have their meals at restaurants or bistros near the beach. Cooperative members who want to continue their businesses can move to the busy Vũng Tàu tourism market instead,” Hường said.
It will take a while for tourists to get used to the ban; the authorities are deploying officers at the entrance to the beach to inform visitors not to bring raw food or alcohol to the beachfront.
“The officers will direct them to the Vũng Tàu tourism market where they can cook the food,” Hường said.
She said tourists were still allowed to bring cooked food and non-alcoholic drinks to the beach. Those who did not clear their trash would be fined.
More trash bins will also be placed along the beach soon. – VNS